BROADCHURCH: Season 1 Review

BROADCHURCH: Season 1 Review

Maegan Fitzpatrick, Editor

A small town. A young boy. A tragic murder. 

This is your classic who-dunnit. But with a slight twist – you can’t understand anything people are saying.

First, I should mention this is only a review of the first season. The other two seasons may be incredible or they may be trash. That’s not my place to tell you.

Every single night, without fail, my family and I have the perpetual argument about what to watch. And it’s not that we want to watch really different shows, but we can never find something to watch. I mean ever. So after 45 minutes of scrolling through endless portals, my sister decided on Broadchurch because it seemed like good background noise. We were instantly drawn in and continued to watch it for the next week. Despite negative things I say about this show (as you will see later), it is genuinely a good show. It kept me entertained and intrigued, and I was just as determined to figure out who had-dunnit. It wasn’t so obsessive like Ozark that I was thinking about it the entire day (which is good or bad depending on what you like), but I was able to jump right in the next day to figure out who had killed the boy. 

I really enjoy the setting of this show, specifically because it helps make otherwise unrealistic aspects realistic. Rumors spread around the town and people are accused every which way. Normally, this would bother me because if it took place in New York City or Chicago, it’s highly unlikely for someone to hear about a murder, connect it to themselves and people they know, and find some perfectly placed flyers and clues right in their neck of the woods that led them to the killer. But in this show, the directors do an excellent job helping you feel the connectivity between the town and the people in every shot.

The show also does a good job not revealing facts or personalities of the characters too soon. Oftentimes, you learn so much about a character in the very first episode that they begin to feel uninteresting and boring, but this show does a good job with keeping them unique and revealing only a little at a time.

I was also relieved to know that shows do not have to be filled with violence, overacting, and spitfire information to be considered “good.” You may need some patience to sit back and allow the story to wash over you, but it is not one of those shows that gets you so uptight that you can’t enjoy it. It’s a well-crafted show with enough detail to keep you interested but not overwhelmed.

I tend to be extremely picky with characters because they can easily become too shy, too boastful, too unrealistic, or just downright obnoxious. But the characters in this show seem to fit their roles and the acting is stellar. Even with the straightforward and direct plot, they each add their own flair to their role and really only annoyed me when they were supposed to. 

This show has been critiqued by many because it can be hard to understand. When you combine the Scottish accent with fast and hoarse whispering, it can be hard to know what the characters are saying. In fact, my family would have certain moments when my sister would ask, “Wait what did he say?” and we’d all realize that none of us had been paying attention since we couldn’t understand and have to rewind eight minutes earlier. But as long as you stay focused on the show, which, let’s face it, can be hard for today’s teens, it’s easy to understand.

One other aspect I didn’t like about the show is that they were clearly trying to make you suspicious of certain people, which I must admit bugs the living heck out of me. Once you know the show is so focused on convincing you that this person committed the crime, not only do you know it couldn’t have been them, but you lose the perspective of being another citizen of the town and feel excluded from the storyline. This was my major issue with the show and I wish the directors had realized that today’s movies and TV shows have gone beyond obvious character storylines and blatant suspects.

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